Migrate SAM Broadcaster data to RadioDJ

As expected, I’m getting sick of all the bugs in SAM Broadcaster and lack of support from Spacial. I’ve decidet to swith Radio H2O to RadioDJ The idea had been on my mind for some time, but after reading a RadioDJ forum post by NounosSon I decided to start working on it. After all – how hard can it be; It is only data after all.

This solution generates a valid MySQL SQL script from SAMBC Firebird or MySQL database if WORK_MODE in config.php is set to WORK_MODE_FILE or inserts data from SAMBC database directly into RDJ MySQL database if WORK_MODE is set to WORK_MODE_INSERT. In latter case you have to make sure the database and its tables exist. I highly suggest to try WORK_MODE_FILE first, so you don’t mess up you RDJ database. While exporting data it is possible to convert between character sets if SAM_CHARSET and TARGET_CHARSET are set to correct values.

Note: Charset conversion can be disable by setting SAM_CHARSET and CHARESET to same value.

To run the script, shut down SAMBC. You can even completely uninstall SAMBC, because all we need is the data from database and your data belongs to you, not Spacial.

If you use direct import option – WORK_MODE_INSERT, you have to shut down RadioDJ and please back up your data.

Version 0.1

Exports only historylist data from SAMBC. Few fields are missing from resulting data:

  1. id_subcat (sub category reference);
  2. disk_no (no disc numbers in SAMDB);
  3. original_artist;
  4. copyright;

I had to fiddle a bit with genre data, but got it working after all. If the genre from SAMBC songlist matches a genre in RDJ genre table the matching genre_id will be exported. Comparison is done case-insensitive, so it should be ok if case is different from song to song.

Imortant! Make sure you’ve set RDJ “Keep History For” under “Stream Titles” settings tab to a higher value before starting migration, otherwise the history data will be lost on next RDJ startup.

Version 0.2

Can export historylist and songlist data from SAMBC. For now song data will be exported without category data. The problem is that RadioDJ does not have multilevel categories like SAMBC does. I had a conversation with Marius about this and he promised to look if and how he could implement that in RDJ. All SAMBC xfade settings will be translated to RDJ cue_times, but all songs will have to be placed in correct subcategories.


  • Esport SAMBC categories as RadioDJ playlists. If only RDJ rotations allowed to select songs from playlists, I’d be ready to migrate.
  • Create RDJ MySQL tables if needed
  • Check songlist entries for moved/removed files before import

The source is available on GitHub.

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